Which states will benefit the most from Obamacare?

Published: Monday, Nov. 18 2013 4:18 p.m. MST

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Cedar Hills, UT

which states?? Well let's see.... probably those that have the most "free loaders" who will get free health care or perhaps the BIG union states since Barack is going to try to exempt his union bosses like he did congress and his favorite corporate supporters....

West Valley City, UT

there is a Wal-Mart advertisement on TV in which the characters/employees claim that so many people have been promoted, people get benefits, they started as a something or other and are now in management, etc.

The one claim they made is that they "get healthcare insurance for $40.00 a month."

What they don't say is that Wal-Mart coaches them on how to get that $40.00 a month healthcare plan or how to apply for food stamps and other "benefits" is because they are paid so little they qualify for these "benefits."

The $40.00 a month healthcare is not provided by Wal-Mart, it is one of the subsidized healthcare plans they qualify for under "Obamacare."

Republicans bemoan Obamacare as "wealth redistribution" but they don't think that subsidizing the benefits of the largest employer in the U.S. is a form of welfare or redistribution of wealth, OURS!

Bountiful, UT

I think we should give Obamacare a chance. Many people have no insurance - not all these people are freeloaders. It's hard to afford, and hard to get if you have pre-existing conditions.

Others of us have health insurance through our employers, but not great insurance. My employer charges me $600 per month for my coverage, and it has $3000 annual deductible. So it's basically catastrophic care for $600 a month.

It will only get worse, as costs rise and we all pay more for "employer provided" insurance, as employers continue to pass the cost onto employees.

The point of Obamacare is to get people insured and out of the ER. In the end, the ER costs all of us tons of money - it's the worst method to get care.

Plus, it's a market-based approach. Insurance companies compete.

West Jordan, UT

@tesuji - "The point of Obamacare is to get people insured and out of the ER. In the end, the ER costs all of us tons of money - it's the worst method to get care."

That may be A point of the bill, but that's not what is going to happen. Because most doctors already have more patients than they have time to actually see, there's still going to be a large group of people that end up at the ER for basic care. The number of Family Medicine practitioners is steadily decreasing because there's little money to be made. More med-school students are opting to become specialists because the compensation is better. Plus, many doctors don't accept medicare/medicaid because the government is already so lousy about paying claims. Not all of people now eligible for coverage under Obamacare will be covered through Medicare/Medicaid, but the majority will. So really, those consistently going to the ER now will still be going to the ER, but instead of hospitals having to try and get money from them, they'll be going to the government for payment...and just how long do you think that's going work? O_o

Billy Bob
Salt Lake City, UT

The title of this article (and the study cited within) should be "Which States will be hurt the least by Obamacare". Let's not kid ourselves. Obamacare is not going to benefit any states.

Sophie 62
spring city, UT

Even as a person who works hard every day, I still have not been able to afford health insurance for 30 years. Going to the ER is not a viable option for me because it costs easily twice as much as going to the regular doctor and I still have to pay for all of it.
With the ACA, I will finally be able to afford to buy insurance and they can't turn me down for preexisting conditions.
The Republican rhetoric that makes people so mad about this new law is that it's all about giving healthcare benefits to a bunch of freeloaders. You know what? There probably are a relatively small percentage of real honest to goodness freeloaders, compared to the number of hard-working but poor or less-well-off or even average citizens who will benefit from this law.
They want to scare you and make you mad, and they're doing a good job of it.
The truth is that most of the people who will benefit the most from the ACA work as hard or harder than you do, and always have and will continue to.

Gene Poole

Simple question: How many people for or against the ObamaCare health program (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) have actually read the entire bill. Probably as many as the representatives in Congress that did. 906 pages. Have you read it?

I guess before any criticism or laudatory comments are made, you may want to read what you are castigating or praising. Just a thought.

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